The Army was the original source of the V-Disc records, with their first being issued in October of 1943.The
Army’s V-Disc project provided a monthly 'care' package of music
specially recorded for troops overseas. Soldiers fighting a far-flung
war welcomed these musical snapshots of life back home.The V-Disc project actually began in June 1941,
six months before the United States' involvement in World War II, when
Captain Howard Bronson was assigned to the Army's Recreation and Welfare
Section as a musical advisor. Bronson suggested the troops might
appreciate a series of records featuring military band music,
inspirational records that could motivate soldiers and improve morale.
By 1942, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) sent 16-inch, 33 rpm vinyl transcription discs
to the troops from eight sources: special recording sessions, concerts,
recitals, radio broadcasts, film sound tracks and commercial records.
2 - Blue Skies
6 - ''Murder'', He Says
12 - Sleepy Town Train
23 - I Want a Little Doggie
29 - The St. Louis Blues March
33 - In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
41 - Medley: O, Little Town of Bethlehem / Joy to the World / White Christmas
April 16, 2014 Subject:
Sad Christmas Song
I once again love listening to this vintage music. Now, I finally have a copy of the saddest Christmas song ever, "I'll be Home for Christmas." Imagine a sailor somewhere on an ocean, a soldier or a Marine over his head in mud or snow and listen to that last line, "I'll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams." It's a tear-jerker.